Abimukeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
Abimukeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India. This is one of the 12 Shiva temples connected with Mahamaham festival which happens once in 12 years in Kumbakonam. Other temples are Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Kumbeswarar Temple, Nageswara Temple, Someswarar Temple, Koteeswarar Temple, Kahahasteeswarar Temple, Gowthameswarar Temple, Amirthakalasanathar Temple, Banapuriswarar Temple, Kambatta Visvanathar Temple and Ekambareswarar Temple.
Abimukeswarar Temple is situated in the eastern bank of the Mahamaham tank, Kumbakonam. It is a Shiva temple. The presiding deity of the temple, linga, is known as Abimukeswarar. His consort is known as Amirthavalli.
Special event like Horse departures (Kudhirai purapadu), Golu and worship of Lord Dakshinamurthy are held here. In this temple we can see Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman.
This temple is located to the eastern bank of the Mahamaham tank, Kumbakonam. The temple is 500–1000 years old. This temple is to the east side of Mahamagam pond. Entrance is facing the west side.
During the dooms day Siva took the form of hunter and broke the pot of nectar at that time the coconut fell here and swayambu linga & coconut plant came up hence the name Narikesaran. The temple is important place for thula rasi people. When nava kanniyar river goddess came Siva turned around to give darshan for them so he is known as Abimukeswarar. The main deities of the temple are Lord Abhimugheswarar and Goddess Amirthavalli.
The Moolavar presiding deity is found in his manifestation as Abimukeswarar. Shiva turned around, while nava kanniyar river goddess came there, enabling them to give darshan to them. So he is called as Abimukeswarar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Amirthavalli. The sacred tree of this temple is Gooseberry.
Sani Bhagwan of this temple is taller than the other 8 planets in the Navagraga shrine.
The Mahasamprokshanam also known as Kumbabishegam of the temple was held on 26th October 2015.